I decided I wanted to make some Dirty Chai Spiced Fudge sometime before Christmas. And, I decided I wanted to make old-fashioned fudge. You know the kind that you have to use a candy thermometer and wait for certain temperatures and then beat the heck out of it. You know the ones that they don’t call “fool-proof”.
I’m a pretty good candy maker. I figured that it wouldn’t be a problem. Old-fashioned fudge, how hard can that be?
Well, I learned that there’s a reason old-fashioned fudge isn’t “fool-proof”. The first batch I made of this chai spiced old-fashioned fudge wasn’t fudge at all, but more like chewy caramels. Well, I cut that up, wrapped them individually in waxed paper, and sent them to work with my husband. They were delicious, but not the best idea to write a recipe that says “screw up the recipe and hope it comes out like caramels”.
So, back to the drawing board. I still liked the idea of chai spiced fudge. Yummy warming spices in fudgy goodness? What’s not to love. But, I also didn’t want a straight chocolate fudge. It seems to me that the chai spices would get lost under dark or even milk chocolate.
In the end, I really think this white chocolate based fudge is the prefect presentation for the chai spices. Use white chocolate chips or bars of white chocolate. If using bars, chop them into small chunks so that they melt easily.
I give two methods to make the fudge, either in the microwave or on the stove top. Both are pretty easy. Either way you want to make sure that you don’t burn the chocolate mixture. My microwave is fairly powerful so I only need to microwave this for a total of 1 minute. I always check at 30 second intervals, because when I first got my new microwave I burned more than one batch of chocolate. So, I take it out and stir for a little while. Sometimes it doesn’t look done, but after stirring it all melts together perfectly.
What makes it “dirty” chai? The addition of espresso or coffee, in this case, espresso powder. For me, it’s the perfect addition to chai. I also add espresso or coffee to my homemade chai concentrate when I drink it, recipe here.
The addition of vanilla bean paste instead of just regular vanilla extract would be lovely in the Chai Fudge as well (just follow the same directions whichever you choose to use). Anyone can make this fudge and not worry about messing it up! Not too sweet. Rich. Warm and spicy. And, I think this fudge would make a great Valentine’s Day treat for that special someone. 🙂